By Jim Cooke, Head of our charity, the Co-op Foundation
I’d like to thank every colleague who helped support our charity during 2018, in what was a record breaking year for the Co-op Foundation.
Whether you chose us as your Local Cause, ran your own fundraising event or donated clothes to official textile banks, the money you raised helped us invest more than ever before in our work tackling youth loneliness and strengthening communities.
You can read about all our successes during 2018 in our Impact Report.
In here, you’ll find out how we:
- Partnered with the Government and other national funders on multi-million pound funds to tackle youth loneliness
- Will connect and empower 7,500 young people to beat loneliness through our £6.2m investment into Belong. This has confirmed our position as the leading charity tackling the issue in the UK
- Strengthened communities by investing to help local spaces UK-wide become more financially sustainable
- Developed our values framework to guide the way we work and the difference we make